The Central railway has floated a tender for the survey of the Karad-Belgaum via Nipani[Tentative distance 200.00 kms] and also Kolhapur-Rajapur Road [Tentative distance 90.00 kms] .
The survey work has be completed in 4 months including the monsoon.
In the last years rail budget the same was mentioned and the Central railway has now floated a tender for the survey which is a very welcome step.
Once finalized the new route will reduce the travel distance to Mumbai and would be almost parallel to the NH4.
In addition to this route the Kolhapur-Rajapur rail line will which will connect the SWR/CR to Konkan Railway will give better access to Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Ernakulam from Belgaum.
On the other hand the Govt of Karnataka has raised a Bankability (Feasibility study) report for Belgaum Dharwad rail line even though its lot economical, commercially viable and will connect Bangalore reducing travel time.
As still this is a feasibility report alone, after the feasibility report is sought then tenders for survey work would be floated and hence the time needed for the Belgaum – Dharwad line to begin will be atelast 2 years from today. But the Karad- Belgaum route could begin by next year it self.
with inputs from Satish Kumar